Double Red India Pale Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Double Red India Pale AleDouble Red India Pale Ale
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Double Red India Pale AleDouble Red India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as YuleSmith (Winter)

Previously known as winter YuleSmith, this warming, hoppy ale used to be available exclusively during the holiday season. But the popularity of this red-hued India Pale Ale grew to the point where sharing a limited run of beer with our fans seemed insufficient. our answer was to convert this crimson IPA into a seasonal offering to be enjoyed from fall through the winter months. Caramel malt sweetness combines with citrusy highlights to bring forth a dry, highly drinkable beer that's simultaneously hearty and thirst-quenching. the holidays are too brief to contain this much flavor.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This is a 2010 bottle I received as an extra. I'll review it fresh when I get another bottle, but I enjoyed it and wanted to keep track of my thoughts.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger and a half of thick off white head. There is some good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Just a bit sweet from the malt with some mild fruity notes. There is a citrus hop smell along with some spice as well.

Taste: Good malt and hop balance. Some bready malt and some fruity notes along with what tastes like some rye spice. There are some citrus hops along with the malt. The finish is a bit spicy with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This one was chalked full of spice. Definitely a beer that I'll search out in the future.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind courtesy of Retail1LO, thanks again!

Beautiful pour, bright and clear amber color, big rocky off white head, nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Nose is nice. Bright citrus, tangerines, sweet oranges, mangos, and some floral resiny hops.

Taste is hoppy and green up front. Some creamy malt sweetness, light caramel, and some soft doughy notes. Finish is crisp, with some bitter citrus notes. While this tastes quite good, the aromas didn't translate to the taste as much as I hoped.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, but not heavy.

Overall, a very nice beer, I just wish the hoppiness and citrus notes in the nose translated over to the taste a but better. That is a bit of a nit pick though, this is very solid.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with about one finger of off-white creamy head with good retention.

The scent is of caramel malt, some noticeable citrus, and some notes of pine.

The taste is of caramel and bready malts at first, followed by citrus, some piney hops, and a little bit of an ethanol presence.

Medium body, quite smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good beer, there was so much flavor and very nicely balanced. I didn't take much effort for me to finish of this bomber.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Piraat Goblet.
Pours a deep dark amber color with an orange-hued beige head and lots of lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel malt, citrus and piney hops mingle and mix at first pour. A light whiff of berries slide in as does a fumy dark rum vapor.
The flavors are hop forward with tastes of pine, a bit of citrus and mild woody flavors. A solid caramel malt presence carries a bit of a peppery spice kick. The malt edges through as it warms. The rummy alcohol remains fairly well hidden, but trust that it is there…
This is a creamy, highly hopped brew that goes down smooth and warm. A very nice Christmas fireside beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 2011 edition. Served in a tulip at 45 degrees.

Pours a clear copper red. Big two finger head of yellow foam. Sticks around a long time and leaves a lot of chunky lacing. Bottom of the bottle reveals some yeast and clouds things up.

Smells very balanced with an equal amount of malt and hops coming through the aroma. Malt has a bready quality, and hops are orangey citrus and pine. There is a touch of a vinous quality and a definite presence of spicy alcohol.

Flavor really reflects the nose. Very balanced, with a big rich flavor that doesn't tilt towards overly sweet malt or super citrusy hops. There is significant, and nice bitterness in the finish however, and alcohol emerges a bit but doesn't ruin the flavor.

Body is medium-low and slick with medium but spritzy carbonation. Goes down dangerously easy for this big of an ABV.

No real gimmicks here for a Holiday ale, just a very well crafted and big amber ale.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Double Red India Pale Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 903 ratings
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